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Rotary Scholarships - Rotary Peace Fellows
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Rotary Centers for International Studies

in Peace and Conflict Resolution




Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.


Learn about the Rotary Peace Centers

Fellowship types

Applicants can choose from two Rotary Peace Fellowship options:

Master's Degree Professional Development Certificate
Six centers, seven universities One center, one university
15- to 24-month course 3-month course
Study timelines differ according to each university’s schedule Two sessions per year (January-April and June-August)
Up to 10 new fellows at each center each year; up to 60 fellows per year Up to 25 new fellows in each session; up to 50 fellows per year
Two- to three-month practical internship during summer break Two to three weeks of field study incorporated into curriculum
Building the leaders of tomorrow Strengthening the leaders of today

Eligibility criteria

  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • A bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
  • A minimum of three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master’s degree) or five years’ relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
  • Proficiency in a second language (master’s degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
  • Strong leadership skills

Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.


Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were  Peace Fellows  in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University,  Bangkok, Thailand, are required to wait a minimum of three full years before applying for a master's degree fellowship.


Individuals who participated in the Rotary Peace Centers master's degree program are not eligible for the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University.


The following people are not eligible for master’s degree Rotary Peace Fellowships but may apply for the professional development certificate on an exception basis:

  • Active and honorary Rotarians
  • Employees of a Rotary club, RI district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
  • Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in the categories above
  • Former Rotarians and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of resignation)

Application process

The fellowship application and selection process consists of three levels: club, district, and world. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates a club and/or district may submit to the world competition.


The award process for 2010 has been completed. Applications for the 2011 selection will be available early in the year. Contact Cambridge Rotary Scholarship Coordinator Robert Mansfield to be informed when the schedule and applications are released - robert_mansfield@comcast.net